The Guardian: Sticky Wickets Review

Dave Simpson reviews the second Duckworth Lewis album "Sticky Wickets"

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The Duckworth Lewis Method - Sticky Wickets
4/5 Stars

The self-styled "world's greatest cricket pop combo", the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon and Pugwash's Thomas Walsh, have again donned their striped blazers and straw boaters for a second over of chortlesome songs about the game. Perhaps even more than on their debut, cricketing metaphors and references abound: sticky wickets, stumps and (ahem) dropped balls. However, the jollity of their wit and quality of their songs means they're still not sounding forced or laboured. These ELO/10cc-style mid-tempo rockers step up to the crease with the languid confidence of a suitably refreshed Australian batsman ready to hit the ball out of the ground. Twangy guitars and Pythonesque silliness find our boys "laughing cavaliers, grins between their ears". Poignancy – and seriousness of sorts – creeps in on The Umpire's depiction of the cricketing official as a "relic of yesteryear", a 1965 Ford Escort left behind by the commercial game's Jaguars and Ferraris. Judd's Paradox cleverly explores the game's darker class divisions and "colonial grace", before deciding that protesting about such outrages with a game going on would simply not be cricket.

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